Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Pandemonium Pale AleShort's Pandemonium Pale Ale
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Short's Pandemonium Pale AleShort's Pandemonium Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This blessed, coppered colored ale lends it’s hue to hearty pale ale malts and hand selected specialty grains. Glacier hops balance the wort resulting in  hoppy, and earthy flavors which compliment the core beer base.
49 I.B.U.’s
12.8 deg.  Plato
5.4% A.B.V.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2004

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Photo of oline73
1.78/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a finger of off white head. A thin layer remains.

Smell: Sweet from the malt, perhaps a hint of fruit from the hops.

Taste: Here is where things totally fell apart for me. Super watery and mildly sweet, again there is a hint of fruit. There is a ton of bitterness at the finish, but nothing is working here for me. So much so that I wonder if this is a bad bottle.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with high carbonation. Super dry finish.

Overall: This is a drain poor for me. I hope this beer is usually better. The bitterness didn't go with anything else in the beer, and it was really watery.

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Photo of heebes
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Date stamp is there but remains unintelligable.

Pours a semi hazy orange amber with a decent off white foamhead that fades quickly. Nose is immidiately sharp citrus / grapefruit surprisingly. Only the faintest hint of malt auroma. Taste is like a muted version of the smell, although the hops stand up very well allowing a bitter aftertaste. Very well rounded body where the malt balances nicely against the amount of hops. There must be something special in Michigan water that Ontario brewers can't duplicate, because this Pale is hoppier and more like an IPA than any IPA availble from On. craft brewers. Overall this beer hits all the right notes; sessionable, flavourful, hoppy and enjoyable all round. Kudos to Shorts. (If only they could get better ink for stamping their bottles!)

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Photo of cetherid
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


A nice looking pale ale. An amber/orange color with a nice thick creamy egg-shell colored head. The head lingers for a little while but as it dissipates, a nice lacing is left on my glass.


bready/sweet biscuity smell malts. Hop aroma not as strong as I would have liked, but noticeable. Hops are grassy/earthy. Reminds me more of a hoppy german lager than a pale ale.


same as nose. A nice bitterness at the beginning. The earthy hops are more dominant in the taste than aroma, then you get that bready malt in there that mellows out bitterness, although it you get just a tad of the bitterness lingering in the finish. No real overwhelming flavors in this. Just a basic pale ale showcasing some slightly sweet malts and earthy hops.


about medium bodied. Good for the style. Good carbonation in this beer. Lingering bitterness in the mouth is noticeable but not overwhelming.


Just and "eh" pale ale. Not like FFF pale ale. A little above average for me. Definitely sessionable but there are many more pale ale's I'd take over this. Plus being a Short's brew, I'd have to drive an hour just to grab it. Not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schmittymack for bringing this one over to the house last Saturday night. Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, light fruittiness and light earthiness with a smooth lingering earthy finish.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to gnemesis for a big ol box of shorts!

a - poured a nice semi-transparent orange with sparse carbonation and a thin bubbly head that didn't hang long, but left a bit of a rim of head on the surface. Lacing slid down the glass side leaving dalmation spots of lace on the glass.

s - Malt heavy pale ale. Bit of sweet earthiness as well.

t - Quite good. Again, malts are the honored guest at the party, but the beer has a classic pale ale flavor. Caramel side of the flavor spectrum.

m - soft and smooth and easy to drink.

o - Very nice non-IPA boundary pale ale. Easy drinker and overall, a nice pale ale.

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Photo of billab914
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada shaped glass. It poured a hazy, orange/amber color with a moderate white, fluffy head to it. Decent head retention as well as lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has kind of a strange tart, fruity flavor to it. I get a mix of something a little like light strawberry and blueberry mix coming through. It's sweet, but at the same time kind of tart and fruity. Some sweet pale and grainy malts are there as well, but seem a little hidden. Very strange aroma for an APA.

The taste also starts off with some very sweet and fruity notes to it. I get something a little like a light strawberry flavor going on at first. Once I really get into the flavor I get more of a pale, grainy, sweet malt presence coming through. In the finish some of the earthy, slightly bitter hops come into play, helping to offset some of the sweetness. Interesting flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability wasn't bad surprisingly. It has a very strange aroma for the style to me, but didn't taste bad. If I was told they added a bit of some fruit extracts I'd definitely believe it. Overall a pretty interesting beer, but not one of the better ones in the style in my opinion.

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Photo of nickd717
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All right, so people see Short's and they expect something that tastes like a key lime pie or a PB&J sandwich or a Bloody Mary or whatnot. But what's wrong with brewing a simple, subtle, style-fitting, good beer once in awhile? Nothing if you ask me. This beer hits the nail on the head in my opinion.

Deep clear orangish-copper-amber pour with a lasting one-finger white head and great lacing. Appearance is near perfect for this style.

The aroma has good malt character of caramel and biscuit, along with orangey, earthy hops.

Solid flavor for a pale ale, without only mild malt sweetness. Caramel, toffee, biscuits, and orange. Bitterness is restrained.

Extremely smooth on the palate with medium body for the style and soft carbonation.

Very drinkable. To me, this is what American Pale Ales are all about really. 90 IBU beers are great, don't get me wrong, but beers like this can be pretty damn enjoyable too.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a sixer last week in New Buffalo and figured i would have a go at it.
A= Poured a deep orange into a pilsner glass with a thin small head.
S= Smelled of strong hops and light malt in the background with a bit of fruitiness.
T= Taste was strong and sharp hops with a bit of sweetness on the finish.
M= Slightly heavy and thick but not excessive.
D= I can drink 2 -3 of these ok but not much more. I would buy this again but wouldn't write home about it.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. A golden color with a thin white head that has little retention, not much lacing and some carbonation.
S. This beer has a earthy hop tones, and bread.
T. The first taste that I get is floral hops followed by some sweet caramel malts, than I get a citrus taste with some more hops sneaking in there. At the end get a creamy buttery taste with some earthly flavors and a floral hops and citrus aftertaste.
M/D. The Mouthfeel is rather sticky and chewy, and drinkability is not bad considering it is a medium bodied beer and not a light beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a sturdy head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Toffee malts with a spicy, herbacious hop tone

Taste: Bread and toffee, up front, with a spicy, herbacious hop factor that develops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the malts linger as a platform on which the herbacious flavors dance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not quite sure what is going on with this beer though its name may say it all; just don't crave the herbacious bitterness

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/29/2010. On tap at Shorts. Pours a clear orange with a white head. Aroma of sweet malts and light fruit. Flavor of sweet malt, bready malt, light fruits, bitter hops, and some earthy nutty tones. Pretty decent, but would have loved more of a hop presence.

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Photo of beveritt
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label looks like a chalk drawing of a pensive devil in the fires of hell. I hope to hell the description on Beer Advocate was not written by the brewers; it sounds like an attempt by some 2 bit drunk poet to sound cool. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of nearly white, dense head. This settles slowly to a thin yet complete layer of foam, leaving behind nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is the bright orange color of a hefeweizen and cloudy.

Smell: Strong wet hop aroma against a slightly smoky caramel malt backdrop.

Taste: Great hop bitterness throughout, with an amazing fresh taste to he hops that captures not only the spiciness, but the more base, green vegetal notes. It tastes like what a bag of whole leaf hops smells like, something I don't think I have ever experienced before in a beer. Malt backbone is slightly sweet with a hint of biscuity flavors.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Picked one of these up on a recent trip to MI, so won't be getting any more any time soon. Love the way the whole leaf hop has been captured.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with a head quickly dissipates to the glasses edge and leaves a nice lace
Very nice citrus hops with a pale malt backing
The taste is a lot more potent then expect smooth upfront full of pale malts it quickly turns to a hop taste still sweet but a grainy grassy hop it finish with a slight bitter but is still sweet

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Photo of robwestcott
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to jdiddy for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a murky burnt orange to a sun king shaped pint glass with a thin off white head leaving a bit of retention.

aroma of floral hops and sweet, ripe cherries.

billed as "bitter hysteria", but to me, this is a pretty sweet (?) pale with a subtle bitter after to the back of the tongue. very interesting and not just a little bit fruity.

highly carbonated, sweet with bitter follow, light bodied.

drinkable - yep.

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Photo of Beejay
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy and orange brown in color. Thea head is full and bubbly.

S: Some bready notes that I usually pick up with English Yeasts. Slightly leafy, but mostly a malty bread smell.

T: The hops come out a bit more. Grassy, and a bit more of the malt.

M: Fairly light in body, carbonation is a little high. And it is a tad on the watery side.

D: Good, clean but not amazing. It has a nice balance, but it lacks both hops and malt for me.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy copper color. It has a decent white head of foam, that also left good lacing as it fell.

S - It smells of fresh earthy hops. You can also smell the pale malts, and there is also some breadiness present.

T - At first I am getting the earthy hops and some citrus. There is also a spiciness to it. You can taste the pale malts as well. The finish is dry.

M - This one has a medium body and decent carbonation. It goes down quite easily, and leave a slight tingling sensation in the mouth.

D - The drinkability is good. I think this is a well made APA. It goes down easy, and it never gets boring. I would pick this one up again for sure.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a a cloudy orange with a brownish hue. Has an unfiltered look to it, with little head noticeable and moderate lacing.

S: Grainy notes, earthy tones, with some some alcohol lingering throughout.

T: Bitter on the intake, with a wash of malt in the back.

M: Relatively light in body, little sticky, alcohol notes are present, and the carbonation is working fine.

D: This beer just doesn't work for me. Seems like something's missing. This is my first from Short's and look forward to trying more in the future if ever giving the opportunity.

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Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - pours with nary a bit of loose, white foam which retreats to a ring around the glass. the beer is clear, on the darker side of gold in color.

S - lightly sweet, bready malt kissed with caramel. piney and earthy hops struggle to get noticed.

T - begins with a bit of somewhat aggressive, earthy hops which meld into a caramel, bready sweetness. finishes with notes of pine and grass.

M - medium bodied, with moderate to light carbonation which tends to make the beer a little more syrupy than it really is. finishes slightly oily, with lingering piney bitterness and bready malt.

D - not bad, though slightly awkward in a way i cant get my finger on. balanced for the most part, if not leaning slightly towards the sweet side. sessionable enough, though there are more interesting APA's out there.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a SN Anniversary Ale glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with virtually no head, but a wisp on the surface.

Aromas of earthy, piney hops. Not very strong hop aroma. Some malt sweetness in the background.

First sip is of earthy, slightly piney hops. Some malt sweetness is evident. Overall, though, there is not much flavor here.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, with a drying bitterness.

Drinkability is average. There is nothing here to offend or overpower, but nothing really to excite either.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy burnt orange body, with a white head that retreats into a small foamy layer. Lacing is minimal.
S: A bit of a fruity dry darkness. A malt presence is shown from the aroma.
T/M: The taste has an upfront caramel notes, that is a malt forward APA. The hops add a nice dry finish. Overall this is a really nicely balanced APA, with malts and hops.
D: Nice drinkablility with a balanced taste, this is a sessionable APA.

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Photo of JLeege
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My first beer from Short's. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a murkey orange and fairly cloudy. Almost a two finger white head that dissipates to a small layer a top the beer.

Smell- Some faint citrus hops, but fairly malty overall. Some light, dark fruit notes.

Taste- Again, not a whole lot going on here. Has a strange sweet taste, with a bit of grapefruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light and thin, fairly watery. Not to good.

Overall- Maybe this is a bad bottle or old? There is a number code on the bottle, but I can not tell what it means, the label is unmarked. I like the label artwork, but that is the best part of this beer (I will bump the appearance up half a point!).

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Photo of Cresant
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a tulip pint. Not dated. The body was lightly hazy and copper colored. The head was mild but a cap remained.

The smell was of candy. Sour apple peel and intense fruity hops. Earthy, hay-like. Maybe even hints of celery? weird. Faint bread crust as if warmed further.

The taste was rather strong, but pretty balanced. Grapes and hops. Something about this one didn't really grab me. Maybe it was too fruity, tangy even.

The mouthfeel was medium density with plenty of fine carbonation. I would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from tosque. Thanks David!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed copper color with a white head that left good lacing.

S - floral hops, earthy and malts.

T - malt and earthy floral hops with some bitterness on a dry finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - not a bad beer, but I'd prefer some other APA's over this one.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Plum Market in Ann Arbor, MI.

A: The APA has a tea-colored orange/brown hue that is brightly translucent. A steady stream of carbonation, illuminated by the clarity, bubbles upward in a constant motion. A finger of white head nicely blanketed the ale, lacing as it recedes.

S: The pale ale has a fresh, vegetal hoppy aroma. The aroma isn't overpowering but there is a strength hanging around. Pale malts, bready, are a formidable foil to the hops.

T: The hops are quite earthy, a dirty citrusy flavor that takes control of the entire ale. A bit of spice follows the hops, adding heat to the mix. Pale malts create a biscuity environment, light compliment to the hops. The hops, as the ale warms, have a mild mintiness that leaves a lasting flavor in my mouth.

M: The mouthfeel needs some time to settle down and release the flavorful hops. The minty, earthy hops go down easily, a nice sipper.

D: A well-made pale ale that holds up over time (I bought this bottle in mid-June). It's nice to see that the regular line-up is as solid as the specialty offerings.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: From a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for procuring this, and many other brews, during his recent travels.

A- Hazy amber. Pours with ~1/2 finger of off-white head, which fades quickly to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Floral hopiness, and a bit of grainy, cereal sweetness.

T- Herbal, almost medicinal hop flavors provide a bit of too harsh bitterness. Some tea-esque flavors. Bready/biscuity malts.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation and a medium-light feel. A bit astringent.

D- OK. Moderately low ABV, and fairly easy drinking....not truly offensive in any area, but not really something to generate excitement for another.

Future outlook: A one off scooped up for me out of state, not worthy of seeking out....repeat not likely.

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